ECO 231W

Undergraduate Econometrics

Extra live help events

Dear all,

Your TA Dan has been super kind to offer to hold a few Live Help Events this weekend (especially considering that he has finals of his own). He will be at the forum at the following times:

Saturday: 8-9 p.m.
Sunday: 10-11 p.m.

Of course, the other TAs will also be checking the forum regularly, but at the times above you know that Dan will be on call and ready to help.

The Final

The Final exam is, as you probably know, on Monday. To find the place and time, look in the calendar page.

The final has one material question, and one essay question. The material question is in the same style as in the midterms. In fact, most items will be the same or similar to the ones in the previous midterms. I may come up with a new question or two, but the previous midterms are really the best guide. I have no intention of surprising you. The question will be longer than in the midterms, but not much longer, so I think you will be less pressed for time.

The essay question gives you either a topic, or sometimes a specific research question. You are supposed to write how you would go about doing research on that topic. You can find examples of essay questions in the previous years’ finals.

Content: you must explain things in a fair amount of detail. For example, what would you be looking for on a data sets, and which problems do you expect to encounter? You must be specific. “I will check for measurement error in the most important variables” is better than not saying anything, but I’m really looking for “I am expecting a possible measurement error in ***, because of ***. I will try to establish if this is indeed the case by *** (describe action you will take, which can involve looking in the data, in the questionnaire, in the codebook, in another data set [what kind], in the literature [which literature]. You must think about it in the specific case). How will you try to solve it? Can you? How? Do you anticipate it will be basically impossible? What will you do in this case? Which bias do you expect?

Structure: I suggest that you prepare a clear essay structure in advance, where you are sure you will cover every aspect you must discuss in an organized manner. Give the matters their due importance. You are not repeating the last class, you are adapting it to an actual situation. For example, I told you there that you should check for sample selection at a certain point. It was just quick reminder. However, you must discuss this in some detail in the situation, give it a separate paragraph. Which type of sample selection? How do you suppose you will find that out in this specific case? What will you do, etc.

Style: there is no restriction in the size of the essay. We can’t avoid this: flow, style and grammar matter. We don’t particularly reward those, but indirectly we do. We do specifically reward the organization and clarity of your arguments.


I know you must feel overwhelmed, and also perhaps scared at not knowing what will come. Don’t think this way, because it is not true. The final is not that different from the midterms, and you can prepare very well using those. The essay is in the same style: you know what to expect, you just don’t know the situation. Take a moment to appreciate the fact that although this course was indeed a lot of work, you can answer a question about how you would go about doing a research project on your own. One semester ago you would not be able to even start answering this question, and now you can go all the way in detail. In spite of all the worry about grades that fill your mind most of the time, try to find some satisfaction in what you actually learned: no grade, no bad day, no bad luck is going to take this away from you. Good luck, though luck is hardly necessary.


Midterm 4 answers published

Find the answers to Midterm 4 in the download page.

Midterm 4 Preparation

Midterm 4 preparation is published in the download page.

The midterm will take place in the regular classroom in the regular class time. You should plan around 1 to 1:05 hour to write your answers.

By now you are used to the system. This exam is one question shorter than the last, but the questions are more open ended. Plan well, so that you don’t run out of time.

Can’t wait to see how you will do!

Consultation slots available on Monday

We are offering some consultation slots on Monday 12/03. If you could not get a meeting this week, this is your chance. Use the booking link in the original post.

Schedule consultation!

I am looking at the project consultation schedule, and it’s still very open. It seems that many of you haven’t scheduled the meeting yet. They are only happening this coming week. Make sure you do this. In the worst case you get 1 free point, and you may get good advice out of it.

Information about the project as well as the project consultation sessions can be found on previous posts. Read up.

Midterm 3 answers published

Find the answers to Midterm 3 in the download page.

Project Consultation Meetings

Now that you handed the replication, it is time to start thinking about the final project. Don’t worry, you can have your rest next week, but you have to give this topic a bit of thought. To incentivize this, and also to help you form your project idea, we will be offering a special set of meetings. Here is how they work:

From Monday till Friday of the week after Thanksgiving, the project TA (Sulagna) will be holding special consultation meetings. The meetings are 10 minutes long, but you should leave about 20 minutes open for this activity.

The meetings are individual. You will bring your idea, and the strategy you are planning to pursue for the project (evidence you are intending to use, data sets you plan to explore, etc.) to the meeting. She will hear you out, and help you as much as she can given how much you prepared, and the path you decided to take. In some cases, she may tell you that your idea is not very good, so you should pursue another, or she may help you modify or refine the idea you are already thinking of defending. Use the project instructions that I published in the previous announcement as a guide for choosing your idea.

The meetings are not mandatory. However, we want to incentivize you to come. The project is worth 100 points. If you simply show up to a meeting, you will get 1 point over your final project grade. Then, depending on how prepared you are for the meeting (quality of the idea, how much you thought about the evidence sources, etc.) you can get up to 5 points over the project grade. You can only attend 1 meeting.

To sign up for a specific time, use this link:


When you are asked to choose a time, move the calendar to the week after Thanksgiving to see the available slots. It will ask for a password (just in case someone outside of our circle tries to vandalize the scheduling tool). Use the same password of the homeworks and replication. You can only sign up to one time. If we have more than one appointment from you, we will cancel both. If you want to reschedule your appointment, cancel the one you already have, and then make a new one. You can cancel your appointment up to 24 hours in advance. You can schedule an appointment up to 6 hours in advance. If you miss your appointment without having cancelled it, you can schedule a new appointment, but you will not receive the bonus points.
Contact the Project TA if you have questions about the appointments.

The International

Hi all,

Here is another email with opportunities for undergrads. Of course, if you are interested, you should contact them directly. I am not affiliated with any of them, I am just passing the word along.

Hope this helps!


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This is what they said:



I am contacting you on behalf of The International, a news platform that features articles from a variety of sources on issues of public interest: http://www.theinternational.org.

We are currently looking for reporters of economic topics at Rochester. We provide our interns with all the training on how to write for the online environment while maintaining high journalistic standards, a skill that proves invaluable for anyone who may want to break into journalism or write a blog in the future.

A little about us: We are a small, but dedicated team that works unwaveringly towards furthering global understanding of issues through focused investigative journalism. Our team has always been quite young, with most people at the company in their twenties, but we have established very high standards for ourselves. Our goal is not to shape what people think, but to carefully nourish a more perspicacious approach towards consuming the news. We are an independent company.

If you want to dig deeper into what The International is and offers, you can take a look at our editorial policy here: http://www.theinternational.org/EP.

Finally, you can email your students and point them to apply for our internships here: http://www.theinternational.org/opportunities. We can only process applications sent through this link. Please let me know if you have any questions.

Replication help

David will be holding an informal replication working session! This is his message:

Hello, guys and gals! There was a lot of interest yesterday in working together in Hark 114 like we did with the last couple of homeworks. I can't book the space on such short notice, but it looks from the posted schedule like Hark 114 is going to be free after 7:30 again tonight (Thursday). I'll plan to be in there from around 7:30-9:30. Come hang out and finish up your replication! (Or, if you're a procrastinator, come hang out and curse yourself for not having started on Tuesday.)







No office hours today

Hello all,

I am not better yet. In fact, I am slightly worse than on Monday. Because of this, there will be no office hours today. If you need to speak with me, write me an email. If I can help you by email, I will. If it needs to be in person, we will figure out if it can wait.

There will be class today. David will teach it. Bring your notes as always.

All the best,

Carol

Replication Update

There was a misunderstanding in the replication instructions. I will update them to correct this.

When you write your code, it should output the results in the table, but not necessarily with the same formatting. That said, you should make it as easy as possible for the reader to see where the numbers are: you are graded on this. For example, if you run a regression, write the variables in a similar order to the way they show up in the table, and then point out what we should look at in the comments. Even better, you could program Stata to output only the numbers which are in the table.

No class today!

Hi all,

I am sick today. I am coughing since yesterday, and today I am even worse. I can’t teach in this state, so there will be no class. I will readjust the class plan to make up for this missed class. I hope to see you all on Wednesday!

Carol

Correction on Midterm 3

In question 2.f, it says: “…once we control for the height and weight variables…” Instead, it should say: “…once we control for the height variables…”

Midterm 3 Preparation

Midterm 3 preparation is published in the download page.

The midterm will take place in the regular classroom in the regular class time. You should plan around 1 to 1:05 hour to write your answers.

By now you are used to the system. This exam is shorter than the last, but the topic is historically harder. You will still be pressed for time though.

Long exams have many advantages. The first one is that you will never be stumped. Have you ever stared at an exam question for a while, not knowing the answer? Did you feel like it was bad luck that they asked exactly that part of the material for which you didn’t prepare so well? This will not happen here. If you don’t know the answer, you can still try another question, and thus keep increasing your grade. You may even be able to make up for what you don’t know. Remember: everybody has the same time. Don’t feel frustrated because you knew the answers, but could not write them down as well as you prepared them. This is just your ego, I know very well that you would do much better if you had more time. The point of the exam is to give you the incentive to study, and order students for the grade. All of you have the same time, just show me you can do better than others. You will be able to show me all you know in the Final exam, when you will have 3 hours to answer. Usually the Final is a bit bigger than the midterms, but not so much more.

The second advantage is that this style of evaluation trains you to think fast, and to prioritize. How long do you think you will have in an interview? Somebody will fire questions at you. They will give you a situation, and ask what would you do. So, what would you do? Can you organize your answer in your head in 10 seconds? Can you answer in 3 minutes? Will you be able to pinpoint exactly what matters first?

So, don’t complain about lack of time in the exam. It’s part of the training, as everything else in this course. What is the worse that can happen? You will not be able to answer something you knew, and not win some points you think you deserved. How many? 10? 20? How much is that in the whole grade? Probably, almost nothing. Remember also that if you had more time, everybody else would too, so it wouldn’t make much of a difference in comparison to your colleagues. Now think of your interviews, or presentations, or meetings. There, this skill could mean getting job offers, or promotions. Realize that instead of facing the exams as one more unpleasant form of evaluation, you could be using them as an integral part of your training.

Can’t wait to see how you will do!

Replication

It’s time to begin thinking about the paper replication. You will replicate the QES column in table 2, and all of table 3 in the paper. This means that you will get the data (you can find it under “Project” in the download page) and clean it according to the descriptions in the paper. Then you will generate the same variables that the authors say they do, and run the same regressions. Finally, you will make sure that your code presents all the values in the table in a format that is very easy to see.

The code must be clean and organized. You have a good measure of freedom in deciding how you will organize your code. The point is to use comments to create sections for each different part of the replication. You should also use comments to explain what the commands are doing. The way you should approach this is as someone who is writing a code that will be used by others. Could they run it if they had the same data set? Could they understand it with minimum effort?

As with the homeworks, this assignment is a .do file. One .do file. You are graded in the correctness of what you did, on how close you get to the results, on how clean and elegant is your code, and on how easy it is to understand. Think that you are working with a coauthor, or with colleagues in a company. You don’t want to explain so much that it is tiresome to read, but you must make sure that the reader doesn’t spend time figuring out what you intended with this or that command.

The replication is usually a challenging assignment. The hard truth is that you can very seldom replicate exactly the same results of a paper. Sometimes papers have mistakes, but even when they don’t, the authors may have done something with the data that they didn’t describe in the paper, perhaps for distraction, perhaps intentionally. So, you won’t get the same results that they did. How close can you get? As you try to figure this out you will gain a very deep understanding of the paper.

Usually this process is very time consuming. Don’t play with this, you never replicated a paper before, you don’t know what it is like. You will run into coding problems, you may need to learn a Stata trick, you may have to start again. Even when you get it to run, you may not be getting results that are close enough, what are you doing differently? You will need time to go to office hours and experiment until you figure it out.

Umair is the specialist in the replication. His office hours will be the most useful for this particular application. He will hold special office hours the week before it is due, but you can also find him at the homework grading office hours, and ask your questions. Check the
calendar. David can definitely help you, though he will have to figure things out with you. The undergrad TAs have done replications of their own when they took this course, so they can help as well. However, on this particular assignment, try to get the grad TAs to help you if you can.


The replication is due on Friday 11/16 at 12:00 pm. You must upload the replication file in the upload page. For details on how to upload it, read this. The password is still the same as in the homeworks. The replication is graded out of 50 points, and it is worth 10% of the grade.


PENALTIES IF THE FILE DOESN’T RUN

If your .do file doesn’t run, the TA will request that you fix it, and give you a deadline (usually until the next day). Each time he has to request a correction for the file to run, you lose 5 points. If you fail to make the deadline of a correction request, your replication won’t be accepted anymore. You choose which email we will use to contact you when you upload the file. Make sure that it is one you check often.

LATENESS PENALTIES

Every hour past the due time, your replication loses 10 points. Here is a breakdown:

Received before 12:00 until 12:59: no penalty
Received between 1:00 and 1:59: -10
Received between 2:00 and 2:59: -20


and so on until 5 pm, at which time we will not accept your replication any longer. Read the policy on late assignments
here.

NOTICE: the replication is due before or at 12:00 pm. We only start discounting points at 1:00 pm to allow for internet delays, browser reloading or any other unpleasant things that may happen. We will not accept any excuse related to technology. If you can’t rely on your connection, or your browser, then take measures to upload your homework earlier, or even better, the night before.

Think that there are way too many rules to follow in this course? Read
this.




More homework help

David will be holding another informal study session! This is his message:

Hi guys! I’ll be camping out with some work in the Harkness computer lab again tomorrow (Wednesday) night starting at 6:15 and going until at least 9ish. If you'd like company, come by and work on your problem set! David (Stata TA)




Homework 5 is posted

You can find homework 5 in the download page.

Homework 4 is due on Friday 11/02 at 12:00 pm. You must upload the homework file in the
upload page. For details on how to upload your homework, read this. The password is still the same as in the previous homework.

Your homework is still a .do file. Find data sets in the
download page, unless specified in the homework. The homework is worth 25 points.


PENALTIES IF THE FILE DOESN’T RUN

If your .do file doesn’t run, the TA will request that you fix it, and give you a deadline (usually until the next day). Each time he has to request a correction for the file to run, you lose 5 points. If you fail to make the deadline of a correction request, your homework won’t be accepted anymore. You choose which email we will use to contact you when you upload the file. Make sure that it is one you check often.

LATENESS PENALTIES

Every hour past the due time, your homework loses 5 points. Here is a breakdown:

Received before 12:00 until 12:59: no penalty
Received between 1:00 and 1:59: -5
Received between 2:00 and 2:59: -10


and so on until 5 pm, at which time we will not accept your homework any longer. Read the policy on late homeworks
here.

NOTICE: the homework is due before or at 12:00 pm. We only start discounting points at 1:00 pm to allow for internet delays, browser reloading or any other unpleasant things that may happen. We will not accept any excuse related to technology. If you can’t rely on your connection, or your browser, then take measures to upload your homework earlier, or even better, the night before.

Think that there are way too many rules to follow in this course? Read
this.

Midterm 2 answers published

Find the answers to Midterm 2 in the download page.

Need some help with your homework?

I have a message from the Stata TA David Slichter for you. He is offering some extra help with the homework, so read up!


Hi everyone! I typically work a few hours a week in the computer lab where sections are held, and I've often found some of you in there at the same time, working on homework. Some of you have found this arrangement to be helpful, and I enjoy it too, so I thought I'd make it formal and set a time in advance. I've booked Harkness 114 for 6:15-8:55 this Wednesday evening, though I'll probably stay for a little after 9. Come on by if you'd like to join the work party! Take care, David



Homework 4 is posted

You can find homework 4 in the download page.

Homework 4 is due on Friday 10/26 at 12:00 pm. You must upload the homework file in the
upload page. For details on how to upload your homework, read this. The password is still the same as in the previous homework.

Your homework is still a .do file. Find data sets in the
download page, unless specified in the homework. The homework is worth 25 points.


PENALTIES IF THE FILE DOESN’T RUN

If your .do file doesn’t run, the TA will request that you fix it, and give you a deadline (usually until the next day). Each time he has to request a correction for the file to run, you lose 5 points. If you fail to make the deadline of a correction request, your homework won’t be accepted anymore. You choose which email we will use to contact you when you upload the file. Make sure that it is one you check often.

LATENESS PENALTIES

Every hour past the due time, your homework loses 5 points. Here is a breakdown:

Received before 12:00 until 12:59: no penalty
Received between 1:00 and 1:59: -5
Received between 2:00 and 2:59: -10


and so on until 5 pm, at which time we will not accept your homework any longer. Read the policy on late homeworks
here.

NOTICE: the homework is due before or at 12:00 pm. We only start discounting points at 1:00 pm to allow for internet delays, browser reloading or any other unpleasant things that may happen. We will not accept any excuse related to technology. If you can’t rely on your connection, or your browser, then take measures to upload your homework earlier, or even better, the night before.

Think that there are way too many rules to follow in this course? Read
this.

Match Corps

Hi all,

Sometimes I receive emails from employers looking for senior UofR students to apply. I will post those here. Of course, if you are interested, you should contact them directly. I am not affiliated with any of them, I am just passing the word along.

Hope this helps!

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Here is their blurb:

ATTENTION SENIORS – do you:

a) Want to be a highly effective educator in urban schools?
b) Want to volunteer for a year before grad school, law school, or medical school?
c) Want to get involved in education reform or public policy?
d) Want to transition into a career in the non-profit or education sector?

If so, consider committing a year to the Match Corps, a one-year urban education service fellowship. Corps members volunteer full-time in one of our charterschools in Boston, or in a traditional district school in Lawrence with whom we have partnered, tutoring and mentoring a small caseload of students. We also offer the Match Teacher Residency, so that in addition to tutoring full-time, Corps members can train and earn certification to become full-time teachers in other high-need urban schools.

We recruit from all majors; candidates do not need to have a background in education. We seek candidates with strong content backgrounds – math, science, English, history, etc, and those who share our passion for social justice and education reform.

All of the details about our programs can be found here:
http://www.matcheducation.org/apply

Midterm 2 Preparation

Midterm 2 preparation is published in the download page.

The midterm will take place in the regular classroom in the regular class time. You should plan around 1 to 1:05 hour to write your answers.

In this course, as in life, one can always do better. There are always ways to go from a good answer to a brilliant answer. However, as in life, time is scarce. Hence you must learn to prioritize. First think about what are the most important things you should say in your answer. Think how you would say them in a few words. Only then bother with flourishes.

I will give you a booklet with the questions, and another with the space for answering each of the questions. Since the answer space of each question is set, you don’t need to write the answers in a row. You can write the bulk of the answers to all questions, and if you have extra time you may go back and complete them with extra pearls of wisdom.

Why do I write the exams so that they are long? Because I am measuring more than your knowledge. I am measuring your maturity with the material. Part of what one gains from studying and reflecting about a topic is the ability to know what really matters, a sense of priority, and a way of expressing your ideas concisely and with the right language. Why do I care to know your maturity? Because I want you to be able to do the same kind of reasoning on the spot in the middle of a company meeting. You need to practice in order to get there.

Why your do file may not run

There were a couple of recurring errors in the .do files in Homework 2. These errors are the most common reason why some of your .do files did not run. The TA corrected this himself, so it was not necessary to contact you. In any case, make sure that you do not make the same mistake in Homework 3. They are:

1) Make sure to use the clear command before using any data set in your .do files, so that any previous data in STATA's memory can be cleared away.

2) With the 'use' command, don't write the entire path name of the data set, just write: use GPA2.dta, for example. You can set the home directory separately using 'cd' in the beginning of the file. The TA is supposed to only change the directory path, and the file should then run in one go. He has all the data sets in his home directory. He is not supposed to read the entire code searching for the exact location where you loaded each data set, and change it.

Change of data set in homweork 3

Hi all,I had published the wrong data set for the homework. It was called WAGE2.dta, when the correct one is WAGE1.dta. I published the correct one now.

Homework 3 is posted

You can find homework 3 in the download page.

Homework 3 is due on Friday 10/12 at 12:00 pm. You must upload the homework file in the
upload page. For details on how to upload your homework, read this. The password is still the same as in the previous homework.

Your homework is still a .do file. Find data sets in the
download page, unless specified in the homework. The homework is worth 25 points.


PENALTIES IF THE FILE DOESN’T RUN

If your .do file doesn’t run, the TA will request that you fix it, and give you a deadline (usually until the next day). Each time he has to request a correction for the file to run, you lose 5 points. If you fail to make the deadline of a correction request, your homework won’t be accepted anymore. You choose which email we will use to contact you when you upload the file. Make sure that it is one you check often.

LATENESS PENALTIES

Every hour past the due time, your homework loses 5 points. Here is a breakdown:

Received before 12:00 until 12:59: no penalty
Received between 1:00 and 1:59: -5
Received between 2:00 and 2:59: -10


and so on until 5 pm, at which time we will not accept your homework any longer. Read the policy on late homeworks
here.

NOTICE: the homework is due before or at 12:00 pm. We only start discounting points at 1:00 pm to allow for internet delays, browser reloading or any other unpleasant things that may happen. We will not accept any excuse related to technology. If you can’t rely on your connection, or your browser, then take measures to upload your homework earlier, or even better, the night before.

Think that there are way too many rules to follow in this course? Read
this.

Midterm 1 answers published

Find the answers to Midterm 1 in the download page.

Homework uploading password

I will be giving the password to upload the homeworks in the following classes:

10/01 and 10/03

Make sure that you come to at least one of these classes. Otherwise, ask another student that attended the class to tell you what it is.

Homework 2 is posted

You can find homework 2 in the download page.

Homework 2 is due on Friday 10/05 at 12:00 pm. You must upload the homework file in the
upload page. For details on how to upload your homework, read this. You will need a password. I will post another announcement with the instructions on how to get the password. Make sure that you read it.

Your homework is a .do file. For details about what is, and how to produce a .do file for your homework, read
this (but more importantly, go to the Stata sections). Find the data sets in the download page, unless specified in the homework.

The homework is worth 25 points.


PENALTIES IF THE FILE DOESN’T RUN

If your .do file doesn’t run, the TA will request that you fix it, and give you a deadline (usually until the next day). Each time he has to request a correction for the file to run, you lose 2 points (in the following homeworks you lose 5 points). If you fail to make the deadline of a correction request, your homework won’t be accepted anymore. You choose which email we will use to contact you when you upload the file. Make sure that it is one you check often.

LATENESS PENALTIES

Every hour past the due time, your homework loses 5 points. Here is a breakdown:

Received before 12:00 until 12:59: no penalty
Received between 1:00 and 1:59: -5
Received between 2:00 and 2:59: -10


and so on until 5 pm, at which time we will not accept your homework any longer. Read the policy on late homeworks
here.

NOTICE: the homework is due before or at 12:00 pm. We only start discounting points at 1:00 pm to allow for internet delays, browser reloading or any other unpleasant things that may happen. We will not accept any excuse related to technology. If you can’t rely on your connection, or your browser, then take measures to upload your homework earlier, or even better, the night before.

Think that there are way too many rules to follow in this course? Read
this.

Homework 1 is graded

You can find them in the ECO 231W boxes in the second floor of Harkness. Check both boxes, as they get mixed up sometimes.

Homework 1 correction!

Homework 1 has a mistake. In question 1 item k, it says

Choose 5 variables from the codebook that best fit your ideas about useful variables from part (h).



The correct statement should be

Choose 5 variables from the codebook that best fit your ideas about useful variables from part (j).



I am uploading a new (correct) version of the homework in the
download page.

Announcing new Stata section time

Great news! We will offer a third Stata section on Fridays 2:00-3:15 pm or HARK 114 starting this week. I hope that this will solve the problem of excess demand for the 1 pm section.

Midterm 1 Preparation

Midterm 1 preparation is published in the download page.

The midterm will take place in the regular classroom in the regular class time. You should plan around 1 to 1:05 hour to write your answers.

In this course, as in life, one can always do better. There are always ways to go from a good answer to a brilliant answer. However, as in life, time is scarce. Hence you must learn to prioritize. First think about what are the most important things you should say in your answer. Think how you would say them in a few words. Only then bother with flourishes.

I will give you a booklet with the questions, and another with the space for answering each of the questions. Since the answer space of each question is set, you don’t need to write the answers in a row. You can write the bulk of the answers to all questions, and if you have extra time you may go back and complete them with extra pearls of wisdom.

Why do I write the exams so that they are long? Because I am measuring more than your knowledge. I am measuring your maturity with the material. Part of what one gains from studying and reflecting about a topic is the ability to know what really matters, a sense of priority, and a way of expressing your ideas concisely and with the right language. Why do I care to know your maturity? Because I want you to be able to do the same kind of reasoning on the spot in the middle of a company meeting. You need to practice in order to get there.

Homework 1 clarification

Question 4 in the homework was unclearly phrased. It said:

Now imagine that a researcher is interested in studying violence against women in the United States, specifically against sections of society which are relatively less focused in policy debates


I changed it to say

Now imagine that a researcher is interested in studying violence against women in the United States, specifically against sections of society which are seldom the focus of policy debates



In case it is not clear: I don’t mean the sections of society that don’t care about policy, laws, the government, etc. I mean the marginalized, ignored groups about which the government doesn’t seem to care.

Stata lab computer availability

The Stata section TA tells me that there was overcrowding on the first lab (1:00-1:50) while the second lab (4:40-6:05) was quite empty.

I thought that the University capped the enrollment in the sections according to the maximum number of computers available in the room they gave us. I just checked the schedule of classes, and there are 49 people enrolled in the first section, and only 17 enrolled in the second. I don’t understand how this is even allowed.

Given the overwhelming preference for the first time, I will request a bigger lab. It may be that there is no bigger lab, or that it won’t be available at the time we need it. In that case I will think of something else, perhaps institute a sign-up method.

For now, stay tuned, and I will let you know about the University’s response to my request.

Presenting this semester's paper

The paper we will be using this semester is

Beauty and the Labor Market

by Hamermesh and Biddle. It was published in 1994 by the American Economic Review, which is the journal with the highest impact in the economics profession.

The topic is a lot of fun. It speaks about an unusual form of discrimination in the labor market: that in favor of beautiful people. Did you ever consider that? Has it ever crossed your mind that more beautiful people can be earning more money just because of their looks? We are not talking about fashion models, we are talking about desk jobs too! Well, this is what this paper claims.

We will be using this paper in the midterm questions, in the replication, and in the project.

Homework 1 is posted

You can find homework 1 in the download page.

Homework 1 is due on Friday 09/21 at 12:00 pm. You must leave it in the ECO 231W box in Harkness (there are two boxes there, either is fine). The Stata homework TA will collect them at exactly that time, so make sure that your homework is there before this time.

Your homework must be legible and organized, or you may get penalized.

Read the policy on late homeworks
here.

ATTENTION: remember to write your name (as it appears in your transcript), student ID, and class time.

Beginning course activities

Hello everybody!

You had the first class this past Wednesday. Now it is time to make sure that you organize your life and get ready for all the class activities this semester.

  1. Have you read the check-in page?
  2. Have you made a note of the midterm and final exam dates to make sure you have no conflict?
  3. Do you know that you should bring the notes to class and fill the gaps there?
  4. Have you made arrangements to acquire the book?

If you answered yes to all these questions, great! You are ready to begin. Welcome!

Fall 2012 starts

Posts from this date forward refer to the Fall 2012 class.